Monday, September 1, 2008

Featured Artist on World Artisan Gems

Wow, September 1 and my interview with World Artisan Gems has been published. Wow, something new to put on my vita.

So much has been going on:
In the month of August I began preparing for Christmas shows, quilt shows, and other venues. Yeah, you are probably wondering about the the quilt shows. I am going to create quilt squares with PMC and enamel then turn them into pendants and pins. I will post them in the etsy shop after I finish the two shows I am doing this month.

At the end of August I became a Rio Rewards Certified PMC Instructor. Chris Darway was the Senior instructor for the class. If you ever get a chance please visit his site, and check the links to his gallery. He was an excellent instructor and really made us push the envelope.

I have been invited to be the artist of the month for October 2008 at the yahoo groups metal clay forum: I am still trying to decide which piece will be showcased. I am leaning towards the Angel's Rest pin that I used in the WAG interview.

In between all the jewelry happenings, we got the college sophomore back to school. Should be an interesting year as he will be living in the frat house. My 35th high school reunion is coming up the first of October. Was it really 35 years ago? It doesn't feel like it at all.
There are a few projects running in the background like a Trunk Show in January/February in Kitty Hawk, NC. I am working on a series of Goddess necklaces that will be auctioned off to support a production of the Vagina Monologues. My friends and associates are in the process of helping me develop a catalogue. So it would appear that I am going to be very busy between now and March. I just love it when plans start to come together.

Here is just one of the Goddess necklaces and of course it is mine...

This beautiful lampwork glass goddess was created by Nicole Valentine. I love her work. You can find her on etsy at: and here on blogger at: She is a very talented lampwork glass artist.

Hope September is a great month for all...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Raspberry Lemonade

I finally made a bracelet with some beads that I got from Fira Marina. It has turned out better than I could have imagined. It is now listed on my etsy site.
Raspberry is bright, cheery, makes you think of Red Zinger Tea, Raspberry Margaritas...and so on.

I have also just reduced all my seed bead grab bags 10%. Come get some seed beads, you know you want, need them.

Happy Summer.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

I am cleaning out ALL of my seed beading supplies. I have made grab bags according to color range and weight. Some of the beads have never been opened. I will be adding lots more including bugle beads and thread. If you are interested in more than 3 grab bags convo me and you will receive an extra 10% off the total. Keep checking back. Once they are gone, they are gone.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th to everyone!!!
Have a sparkling good time.
I have spent the major part of the week photographing and adding lots of new pieces in my etsy store. I wish I enjoyed this part of the jewelry making as much as I enjoy the creative part. I will be the first to acknowledge that cameras and I DO NOT jive at all. It has been great having the college kid home because I just hand him the camera and he takes a lot of the pictures. However, when he returns to school in August I will be on my own again. I have come to the conclusion that the LCD screen on my first generation Nikon Coolpix is just to small. Also, it is ridiculous for me with tri-focals try to focus on such a small screen. I have been looking at a few of the new generation Coolpix and am floored that they are bigger and cheaper than my original. Such is the way with electronics.
Back to the studio...

Sunday, June 22, 2008


Please stop by the etsy store and check out my YART sale.
Happy Sum-Sum-Summer Time

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

An Important Fraud Alert: Update


Please visit and join Lampwork Etc. to find out about an awful case of "alleged" fraud and "alleged" misrepresentation by an "alleged" ETSY seller. You will look at Lampwork Beads in a whole new light.

If you would like to spread the word, join LE for free, email all of your jewelry designer friends, and help to remove the "alleged" fraudster from webstores.


Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year

Reflections on the year gone by:
The Christmas rush and fuss is over for another year. Again it was a wonderful time filled with family and friends. We are very thankful that Ron's dad was able to be with us this year. Things have been so touch and go with him lately that we count each day as a blessing.Moses finished his first semester at Presbyterian with A's & B's, a girlfriend, as a pledge for Alpha SIgma Phi, and voluntarily being a member of the Monday Night Discussion Group aka Bible study. I am so amazed at the way he and all his friends have transformed themselves in just a short 6 months. It is hard to believe that in May that Senioritis ruled their lives and now in December they are quite the compentent young adults.

It has been an industrious year for Ron and his fellow mountain bikers. They have now carved out 6+ miles of single track trail. I had to laugh when he asked for bulbs and such to plant at the entrance to the trail. Ron completed this year of biking with very few injuries. This means either he is riding more cautiously or he is riding the less difficult trails. Either way it is nice not to have had any broken bones to tend this year.

As for myself it has been a most rewarding year. I have been so lucky to have had the opportunities to study under Sara Stine and Marcia Macdonald at the Sawtooth Center. I am looking forward to classes with them both in 2008. I am also going to get my first level certification in Precious Metal Clay this spring of 2008. Can't wait to do it. At the top of my wishlist is taking a weeklong class with Marcia at the Penland School. The other thing I hope to do this coming year is to teach a few classes.

Here is wishing that everyone will have a happy and rewarding New Year.

May grace and peace be yours,